Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scrap-Happy Quilt Finish

A Happy  Scrappy Finish

I had sew much fun sewing up a new quilt this past month. 
It began when I saw  a Charm School Sew Along on Instagram.  ( I am @SusiesSunroom  on Instagram. Follow me and see  my up- to- date projects ! I post on IG more often than blogging.)

I already had purchased my own  Charm School Book,  which is a new book by Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, which has directions for making 18 quilts from 5" squares! So it was a perfect way to jump in and make my first quilt from this awesome book!  ( I am just a fan of Lella Boutique.  )   I have even enjoyed reading  the directions for each quilt in the book!

My Book
Charm School Book (here)  
I chose the " Scrap-Happy Quilt" to make.  I love to make scrappy quilts, and thanks to the generosity of a couple of my sweet friends, I had a  pile of Moda Mini Charm packs ready to use!  (Thank you so much , G. and A. !!)  This pattern uses 14 mini charm packs.   I had 10 mini charm packs , and added a regular 5" Charms pack,  which I cut into 4 mini charms packs. 

Quilt Details:      Scrap-Happy Quilt    from  Charm School Book by Vanessa Goertzen
Size:   68.5 "  x 68.5 "   
Block size:  16 " x 16 "
Fabric:   14 mini charms packs ( 2.5" squares)  - Moda:   Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, Southern Exposure by Laundry Basket Quilts, Ville Fleurie  by French General , Coral Bells by Jan Patek Quilts,  Thistle Farm by Kansas Troubles Quilters, Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs, and Lario  by 3 Sisters (cut into 4 mini charms)

Sashing:  Painter's Canvas in Cream by Laura Gunn ( for Michael Miller)  (from my stash)
Stars:   Scraps of cream on cream fabric from my stash 
Backing:  Coral Bells by Jan Patek in Linen
Binding:  Coral Bells  by Jan Patek   red
Batting:  Warm and Natural  - 100 % cotton
Thread:  Aurifil #2024   50 wt. for piecing  and Aurifil #2026 50 wt. for machine quilting 

Total number of scrappy 2.5 " squares:   576

The fabric pull for my Scrap-Happy Quilt

I laid out all of my 2 .5 " pieces, organizing them into nine 8x8 rows.  (I wanted to make sure that the last block formed was a good mixture of fabric lines.)

Blocks of 8 by 8 were laid out

They came together easily,  and I couldn't wait to see what they would like like against the cream/gold sashing and cream stars.

Before I knew it, I had three blocks finished!

I decided not to  rush, and tried to enjoy the whole patchworking process.   

9 blocks completed

Adding some sashing and stars

Whiskers helped me with the final layout design....
Layout of the quilt top

Here is the finished flimsy top!  What do you think of the mix of mini charms?  I am very happy with how they mix and match!  I love the rich tones.

My flimsy "Scrap-Happy" quilt top


I quilted straight lines,  1/4 of an inch away from the seams , vertically and horizontally,  on the patchwork blocks, using my walking foot and the pretty light gold Aurifil #2026 thread.  I quilted the outer border with lines, approximately 1/2 " apart, for a  picture frame effect.

love the backing fabric, in a  golden tan color, as well as the red binding.  These are both from the gorgeous Coral Bells line , by Jan Patek.

Time to handsew the binding to the back of the quilt

Whiskers likes to nap by my side, when I sew binding on the quilts, while  in bed watching tv at night. 

Whiskers is feeling better now, and back to helping me!

My  Scrap-Happy quilt   by Susie's Sunroom

A closer look at the corner...

A corner

Scrap-Happy Quilt

I am so happy that I joined in with the Charm School Book Sew Along!  It is fun to see all of the beautiful quilts that you can make from the book.   I want to make another quilt soon.  Stay tuned to see what I make!   I know I'll be making another Scrap-Happy quilt someday!  What an awesome way to use scraps!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Fiesta Tote Bag

The Fiesta Tote Bag

I recently made a super cute tote bag!   I was testing a new  pattern,  called  the "Fiesta Tote",  by  Samantha , of  Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.

The Fiesta Tote Bag
You can buy it HERE
I really love it!!   It has some fun features:    rivets,  and  webbing  for both short handles and a removable strap.   There's an outside zipper pocket, and  inside slip pocket to keep you organized!

Here are the details:    

Pattern:   The Fiesta Tote PDF Pattern  by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H
Size:   W 14" x H 11.5" x D 5"

Fabrics:  Miss Kate     by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Special components:  Rivets  ,  Webbing,  zippers, magnetic snap. swivel clips. Soft and Stable interfacing

See the back outer  zippered pocket?  I love it!!
The Soft and Stable interfacing gives just the right of stiffness to the tote.

The back side of my Fiesta Tote 

It has both short handles....
The short handles
and you can use the long body strap!

The body strap.   It's removable, too!

There are lots of pockets inside!!
I added a zippered pocket, too.   Because you can never have too many pockets!!

Inside the Fiesta Tote

There's a magnetic snap closure , too.

Inside view
I love the size of this tote.... it can hold a lot , and yet look stylish as a purse.

Amanda's directions are clear and well written. This is a good bag for a beginner sewer.  

Fiesta Tote

I had a lot of fun making this bag!  Since I gave it as a gift, I want to make one for myself this summer!  

Linking up at:    Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts   and
                        Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

Mug rugs can be the perfect little gift to make for a friend's  birthday.  So I was thrilled when Amanda, The Patchsmith , released her newest mug rug pattern the other day! Her timing was perfect!

The Patchsmith's new pattern.... Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug pattern  {here}
  (You get it instantly since it is a pdf download!!)

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

~photo courtesy of The Patchsmith
I just  love Amanda's  bright and beautiful , "Easter " colored version!     

 I dug up some of my  beautiful Dogwood blossoms scraps to make my own Log Cabin Cross mug rug.           

I  just love using Amanda's patterns!!

**  The  directions are clear and the diagrams are excellent.  And always accurate!!I
  I print out the directions and follow them right on my cutting mat.  ( I can easily get confused with "just reverse the block"  kind of directions!  That's not the case with The Patchsmith directions! )

**  She includes the size of each component, so I can trim as I go, to make the final block the accurate size !

**  This pattern  even includes a foundation paper pieced pattern to make the log cabin block! I'll try that method the next time I make the cross.

** This pattern also includes directions for making little hanger pockets, to use the log cabin cross as a mini wallhanging !

My Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug      by Susie's Sunroom
I apologize for the  faded colors in my photos.  The weather was not cooperating with the pale pink colors.

Log Cabin Mug Rug 

And here is the back of the mug rug...  I'll tell you a secret.....

I used the "wrong side" of the fabric, to get the muted colors.... shhhhhhhh!

This little log cabin cross would make a beautiful gift as a wallhanging for a baptism, a confirmation, and  for Easter!  

What a clever design; marrying the log cabin block with a cross, Amanda!

This mug rug, and oodles more, can be found at The Patchsmith { HERE  }.

There's lots of time to make one for Easter!  And you'll find many more  designs that  are perfect for Spring time!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Wakey, Wakey!

Wakey, Wakey, Little Birdy!

It's the first of April... and that means a new edition of "Paper Piecing 1/4"  " is here!
It is titled:  Springtime Garden Patterns

Latest Issue:   Issue #13 April  -  June 2017
{avail HERE}

The super talented artist and designer, Janeen, at Quilt Art Designs, creates these amazing and fun foundation paper pieced patterns quarterly. 

The pattern that Janeen asked me to "bring to life" from this edition is called,
 " Cat and Bird in Tree."  I think she knows that I love cats... and especially little ,impish, black cats!!

Pattern:     Cat and Bird in Tree       {here }  found in Paper Piecing 1/4" dig mag 
                                                       issue  #13  April-June 2017        by Quilt Art Designs
                   An 18" finished block

"Wakey, wakey, little birdy!"
It is cute looking on paper.... but is even more delightful after it is made up in fabrics !

My sister, Amy, at " Amy Made That!" blog, told me : "How would YOU like to wake up that way... nose to nose?!  "     I laughed out loud when I read that!

"Yoooo Hoooo.... Let's PLAY!! "
I think that Janeen is going to make this cute little fellow into a regular feature, called "Mr. Whiskers!"       

I decided to plan on making this block, and 3 more future Mr Whiskers blocks , into a cute wall hanging or mini quilt! 

"What's your name?  I 'm Mr Whiskers! "

This is a fast and fun block to make up.  You'll want to check out the other awesome patterns in this new edition.  {here}  I have my eye on few of those patterns, so you may see them on my blog in the near future!.     I  just can't wait for another "Mr Whiskers" block to be created in the next issue!

I'll be linking up at:    Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Fabrics      and
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                                 Finished or Not Friday  @ Busy Hands Quilts

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Baby Shower Gift

A Baby Shower Gift

I had lots of fun making a few gifts for my cousin's baby shower.  I can't attend the shower , but I wanted to let them know I was thinking of them , and excited for them as they start their family.

I was determined  to use fabric from my stash.  They are expecting a girl, and she likes softer colors.  After perusing my stash, I happened upon my lovely little pile of pale pink and brown  "Lily and Will" fabrics { from Bunny Hill , by Moda. }  This is from the original fabric line.... I see Anne Sutton is coming out with a new  "Lily and Will Revisited" line in late spring.  

Now, all  I had to do was think of a gift!  I ran across  a fun and free  pattern for a softie animal ...  called , "Make It Yourself Softie Pattern " , by Cintia at My Poppet blog. {here}
Cintia made up one body shape, with various ears and tails to make it a bunny, a bear or a cat. I chose to make a bunny...  since I am using Bunny Hill fabrics!  

Disclosure:  I just made a flop.

{ Flop.  Bunny.  #SorryButNotSorryForThePun !)

My Flop:   Goofy Bunny Softie  in "Lily and Will" fabrics

 My bunny softie is just plain GOOFY looking.    Where did  I go wrong???

Cintia's softies had furry fabric, with no designs in the fabric. ( You can look here.)  Maybe I should have made my bunny ears closer together and used furry fabric.  

 I was  all ready to scrap my goofy softie bunny, and then my husband and S-I-L said to send it. WHAAAAAAAT ??   It had kinda been "growing on them " as they saw him  laying on my cutting table throughout the weekend, and they had picked him up to feel his plumpness.  It's  just possible that it may "grow on you" with time ...  Could it "grow on " a little baby??

So I tried to salvage my  Mr Goofy....
And wondered if I could shamelessly camouflage a "not very bunny-like " bunny with another legitimate gift.....  hmmmm .  Then, the  versatile "Divided Basket" came to mind.

The " Trojan Horse"  :   A  useful " Divided Basket"  by Anna                                                                                                            of    Noodlehead {found here }

Divided Basket  in "Lily and Will"  fabric
by Susie's Sunroom

See that divider inside the bag?  How clever is that?

 Divided Basket    in  "Lily and Will"
Susie's Sunroom

This basket can be useful  in a nursery in so many ways....from holding diapers , to  small toys, to small books, to bows, to socks ....         to ugly little bunny softies...

Peek-A-Boo !!  Looks who is inside this Divided Basket !
made by Susie's Sunroom    in "Lily and Will" fabric

Here are a few more  pictures . Feel free  to stop looking at this point if you don't want to see more of Mr Goofy!

I think that Mr Goofy is playing "Hide & Seek!"

Story Time for Mr Goofy

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Divided Basket,  and yes,  even Mr Goofy.
And, I hope the soon-to-be parents like the gifts.  (They don't have to use the softie... I just couldn't resist sending him along with the basket.)

Making this basket has given me another idea for a Divided basket.... come back to see my next one!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mini Swoon

A Mini Swoon Finish

I have grown to love seeing the amazing  projects on the Instagram app. It is so handy to see what is new, using my phone.     Recently, Camille @Thimbleblossoms, 
hosted a SwoonAlong { #SwoonAlong}.  I just  had to join in with everyone!
Besides, Camille has 3 different sizes of her Swoon block that I could make! (available here at Thimbleblossoms )  Oh, and she has a Patchwork Swoon, too!

Some of you may remember that I added 4 sweet regular - sized Swoon blocks to the back of my Clambake quilt......

This is my  very first Swoon block....

My first Swoon Block     ( 24 " )            Love those strawberries from Hello Darling!

My Clambake quilt, with 4 Swoon blocks on the back!!

Sew...since it was a busy time of year, I purchased the Mini Swoon pattern to join in sewing in this Swoon Along!  I thought it would be do-able to make 4 mini 9" blocks.

For fabrics:   I decided to use up the leftover 5" charm squares that I had, from a charm pack of "Miss Kate"  by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.   Win- Win !!

Miss Kate Charms squares plus a bit of  Hello Darling yardage for the binding

I cut out the pieces for all 4 blocks before I started to sew .  I like to do this on small projects.

My muffin tin holds the small pieces... it's a hand-me -down that my mother had from our family

It only took about a week to fit in time to make up my 4 sweet Mini Swoon blocks! ( 8 " each)  The mini quilt comes out to be about 19" x 19".

My favorite block ( winning by a narrow margin !) is the dramatic red and dark blue one!

My Miss Kate Mini Swoon quilt

I think that it was helpful  that I had experience making the biggest Swoon block, before I made my mini blocks.  I am relieved to see my  points and corners where they should be for the most part!

I still had some small pieces left, so I made up a scrappy label.  And I added the triangles to the two top corners, for easily-made holders for a small dowel rod. 

For quilting:  I quilted  straight lines in a 1 " grid, with my trusty Aurifil #2021 thread and my walking foot.  (The batting was scraps of Warm and Natural batting.)

The back 

I like to seeing my Mini Swoon in my kitchen area, leading into my pantry!


My Mini Swoon quilt

You can see what I am currently making, as well as  past projects, if you follow my Instagram account at @SusiesSunroom .     ( Look at the right margin of my blog page!)

I had fun sewing along with Camille and allof  the other sewists making their own gorgeous Swoon projects!  What inspiration!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts      and
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